Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Artek, the Finnish furniture house, is present in Hall 2.2, booth K010 at this year’s imm Cologne. They are here to launch Kaari, the first collaboration between Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and the design company. Based on a simple, yet intelligent component, the Kaari Collection includes rectangular and round tables in two sizes as well as a desk, a wall console, a small round shelf, and larger shelves. The collection is now available on the market.
Kaari means “arch” in Finnish. For creating a simple bent steel band to provide support for the tables, shelves, desk, and console in the series, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec used the L-shaped leg patented in 1933 by Alvar Aalto, one the co-founders of Artek.
The principle behind the pieces is simple – the vertical load is supported by a wooden part. Bent steel banding provides elegant and transparent diagonal support. The interplay between the solid vertical board and the metal band gives the base a surprisingly light appearance and creates a distinctive linear silhouette. The surface materials, linoleum and glossy HPL, absorb and reflect light each in their own way. As the tables are used, an attractive patina will form on the surface over the course of time.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were able to look at Artek’s history with fresh eyes. For instance, both wood and steel banding are traditional materials that have featured prominently in Artek’s history, but they have never before been combined in this way as seen in the Kaari collection.
The task for the Bouroullecs was to design a product that would be both strongly linked to Artek and decidedly new at the same time. As a system based on an intelligent, versatile component, the Kaari Collection fully meets these requirements, while remaining fresh and original in the products’ expression. Despite the affinity with the Artek tradition, Kaari has found an aesthetic of its own, distinguishing it from classic Artek designs.
In addition to the Kaari presentation at the booth, Artek will furnish the fair’s “Editons Club”, a public café lounge just opposite the booth, with Kaari tables and Alvar Aalto chairs.